As part of a district-wide facilities improvement plan, Bray Architects designed an addition to Canterbury Elementary School as well as renovating its library and several of the existing classrooms. The addition includes a secure main entrance, a cafeteria and kitchen, administrative and student support offices, and two new classrooms to support a growing student population. A centerpiece of the addition, the new cafeteria benefits from an elevated ceiling and south-facing clerestory windows that bring plentiful natural light into the space, reducing the school’s energy consumption.
The renovation of the second-floor library created a new collaboration area that can accommodate group story time or offer quiet reading zones for individual students. This space at the north end of the building is located next to a wall of windows, which provides soft natural lighting conducive for reading and peaceful views to a nearby grove of trees. The renovations also transformed the former school offices into an open, centrally located resource area that serves as an additional learning environment for both large- and small-group instruction. The new and renovated classrooms include flexible furniture that allows students and teachers to arrange their learning environments to support each day’s activities.
Prior to the construction work at Canterbury Elementary, Bray partnered with the Greendale School District to engage the community in a two-year district-wide facility study through interactive work sessions, focus groups, school tours, and surveys. The study led the District to pose a $33.8 million referendum question to address facility needs at its three elementary schools, middle school, and high school. The referendum passed in 2018.
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